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5 Things To Do Before 9am

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5 Things To Do Before 9am

How you start the day is so important! It can affect your cravings, attitude and mood for the day. Here are 5 things to do before 9am to give you energy and a positive attitude for the day-

  1. As soon as you wake up drink 2 pints of filtered water. When we wake up we are dehydrated as we usually haven’t drank anything for about 8 hours. Drinking straight away will rehydrate your body. This will also flush out toxins and aid detoxification for the day. It is also 2 pints down on your recommended 2-3 litres a day (I prefer 3 litres!).
  2. Stay away from your phone until you have finished your morning routine! I find this one of the toughest things to do…but it is just as important as the others! Nowadays, most of us look at our phone as soon as we get up, check social media and emails. This straight away switches our body to the sympathetic nervous system (fight and flight), when we want to spend as much time as possible in the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system.
  3. Drink warm water and lemon. This wakes up the liver and digestive system to aid detoxification.
  4. Meditate and get moving! Meditation has so many benefits, so even just 10min a day can improve your health. Headspace is a great app for this (https://www.headspace.com). After 10min of meditation it’s time to get moving! This could be yoga, walking, running, going to the gym, crossfit etc. This gets it out the way so you don’t get to the evening and find any excuse not to do it!
  5. Eat a nutritious breakfast. The food we put in our body in the morning is so important. If it’s not right, it can cause blood sugar dips, energy dips and cravings throughout the day. Make sure there’s some good quality protein and fats, as well as lots of phytonutrients from fruits and/or vegetables.

Obviously everyone has a different schedule and routine, but try and make your morning a priority so you feel energised for the day ahead!

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What My DNA Says About Me!

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What My DNA Says About Me!

Last week I received my Nutrigenomix DNA test results. This test measures 45 genetic markers which tell you your nutrient needs (omega 3, vitamin A, Vitamin C, B vitamins etc), salt and caffeine sensitivities, tolerance to lactose, risk of coeliac, sensitivity to weight gain based on fat intake, your ideal way to eat, and much more.

It’s such an amazing test and I couldn’t wait to get my results! It takes about 3-4 weeks to get them back, so it feels like a long time when you want to know straight away!!

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New Recipe! Date, Vanilla and Macadamia Nut Flapjack.

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New Recipe! Date, Vanilla and Macadamia Nut Flapjack.

This is such a quick and easy recipe if you need a quick snack for the week. It takes about 5min to prepare and then just 10min in the oven! 

It's super high in fibre due to the rolled oats, naturally sweetened and also has some essential fats and protein from the macadamia nuts.

Enjoy on it's own as a snack, breakfast on the go, or as a dessert with homemade banana ice cream :-)

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